Review: The Other Sister by Diane Dixon

The Other Sister by Diane Dixon

The Other Sister started off well. Even as adults, Ali, the more beautiful of the fraternal twins, seems to have everything that Morgan ever wanted. Blinded by jealousy, Morgan does small things to sabotage her sister’s life. I was on-board with this plot, however petty it might be. But then things kept getting weirder and weirder. Ali is raped and suddenly this turned into a suspense/crime type story. Then there was a lot of drama with Ali’s husband’s job, and she started getting jealous of his time, and we were back to women’s lit. And then a baby came into the scene, and I wasn’t sure what was going on. It was just one thing after another. I never thought I’d say that there was too much going on in a book, but there was WAY too much going on in this novel.

The last 50 pages or so were really good as well, but it was a completely different story than the beginning of the book. There was character changes that seemed too major to be actual character growth. I don’t know if the eARC was just a very early draft or what, but this novel was challenging to get through. I never knew what book I was reading. I started not to care all that much about the characters, and I just wanted to know if they found the rapist.

I really wanted to like this book more because I love stories about twins, but it just wasn’t for me. Now that’s not to say that there were parts that I enjoyed. Like I said already, the beginning and end were good and held my attention. It’s just that too much was crammed into one story.

Rating: 3 Stars

Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not in any way impact my thoughts/feelings about the book.

The Other Sister
Dianne Dixon
Fiction
Sourcebooks Landmark
November 1, 2016
eARC
386

Ali and Morgan are fraternal twins who share a strangely intertwined existence. But their connection is abruptly fractured when Ali becomes the victim of a terrible crime. Then, years later, Ali and Morgan's lives are sent spinning again when the criminal's clothes are discovered in a suitcase far too close to home. The answer to how the clothes got there has its roots in a place of guilt and love - in the need to belong and the need to be free - in small accidents and dark crimes - and in an elusive search for atonement.

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